Three Peabody musicians are finalists in the World Bach Competition sponsored by the Boulder Bach Festival – Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) in the Professional Vocalist category, Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) in the Professional Instrumentalist Category, and junior Teresa Deskur, a French horn and music education student who plays recorder, in the Student Instrumentalist Category. The competition features 273 musicians from 239 countries.
Elizabeth Sarian (BM ’17, GPD ’18, Voice) is working with the Atlanta Opera recording ‘singing telegrams’ for health care workers, hospital patients, and seniors. Sarian was featured in a video and article on CNN for her work.
Senior Mofan Lai has been named one of two recipients of the 2020 Johns Hopkins University President’s Commendation for Achievement in the Arts, a service award established in 1989 by former Johns Hopkins President Steven Muller to honor a graduating senior who has contributed extensively to the arts by service to the Homewood and/or Baltimore communities.
Noted for her “directorial command” and “technical expertise,” conductor Beth Willer will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University as associate professor and director of choral studies in the fall 2020 semester. She succeeds Edward Polochick, who retires this spring after more than 40 years on the Peabody faculty. More…
This summer, voice master’s student Miranda Brugman, Thomas Swain (BM ’19, Voice), and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Theory Pedagogy) traveled to Haiti to teach at a summer music camp run by Holy Trinity Music School. In their time there, they directed the choir and taught private lessons.